Two more accusers say Jordan knew: That's 11 accusers now

Two more former Ohio State wrestlers say GOP Rep. Jim Jordan must have heard his then- college wrestlers talking about the sexual abuse they were suffering at the hands of their team doctor, Richard Strauss. NBC reports that, ironically, the two thought they were defending Jordan with their comments. This brings to 11 the number of former wrestlers saying Jim Jordan must have heard about the abuse.

The first is Reid Delaman:

“There was so much talk I can’t imagine how someone could have made it through, being around everyone and not know,” former Ohio State wrestler Reid Delman said in an interview this week. “To me that doesn’t make sense that they would not have known.”

Like many of the other wrestlers, Delman expressed admiration for Jordan and dismay at his insistence that he knew nothing.

“I don’t want to be part of something that’s getting Jim out of office,” he said. “I don’t even like the idea of it. I do find it surprising that he would even take that approach.”

“It’s easy enough to say, ‘Looking back we should have done something,'” he said.

Next up, Michael Alf, who said he didn’t think Jordan knew about the abuse, but then Alf turned around and suggested maybe Jordan should have known: "The guys didn’t blame Jimmy, but they were wondering why he didn’t just admit that he heard all the joking about Doc Strauss but didn’t put it together that something bad was going on."

In other words, even Jordan's defenders admit that he must have heard the wrestlers talking about being sexually abused by the team doctor. And that's not good news for Jordan.

John Aravosis